Ahhh CBD, the exciting and relatively new branch of marijuana usage. If you made it to this article, chances are you already know a bit about it. But, let’s refresh your memory just in case. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found within the sativa plant. Most people confuse CBD with ‘regular’ marijuana and believe it to have delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. However, that is not the case. CBD does not get you high in the same way THC does and is considered to be non-psychoactive. You may also already be aware of this compound’s many benefits which we will discuss below.
The perks of a CBD-Infused Diet
CBD can be used to treat pain, as well as alleviate anxiety, some studies have also shown that the use of CBD oils can give your immune system a boost. Cool right? We think so too. Consuming and or smoking CBD before bedtime is known to help with insomnia. Recent studies suggest that CBD aids in both falling and staying asleep. Basically, if you’re interested in treating inflammation, avoiding pain, or getting a good night’s rest, we strongly suggest you look into CBD consumption. Now, smoking it is relatively straightforward, we’re not here to discuss that. I’m here to talk to you about how you can include CBD into your diet.
Eating over inhaling is not only better for your lungs, major plus, but it also allows you to enjoy longer lasting effects. Taking matters into your own hands also gives you control over the amount of CBD you consume. Not to mention, there are psychological benefits to this method of consumption as well, preparing your own CBD-infused meals and/or desserts are a surefire way to feel a sense of achievement. Granted, some of you might take the supplement route and simply choose to ingest premade CBD oil or pills. But, let’s face it, learning to infuse oil to later cook with it is way cooler.
Cooking with CBD
There are three factors that you will want to pay extra close attention to when cooking with CBD infused oil and they are taste, the type of oil, and cooking temperature. Keep these three things in mind and you will be well on your way to building the nutritious CBD-infused diet of your dreams.
CBD with oils
Unlike weed, CBD is not pleasant to the tongue and is actually quite bitter compared to most other herbs. This is why mixing it with the appropriate flavors is key. This ties into our second factor, oil.
See, CBD not only pairs well with virgin coconut oil due to the flavor, it also makes sense thanks to the oil’s low smoke temperature – more on this later. Cannabidiol’s overtly earthy taste can be easily worked into cuisines that feature strong flavors and spices or that work well with coconut milk in order to cut the bitterness.
Now, onto the oils. Choosing the correct oil flavor profile for infusion is important but so is cooking temperature. In order to maintain the integrity of the CBD it is important to not heat the mixture too much. CBD can potentially evaporate and lose its health properties if it is cooked past 165°C. So, remember to heat and saute gently! Studies on cannabidiol are pretty new and have yet to evolve past the early stages. Therefore, we suggest you do your research and remain informed, new information on the effects and best treatments for CBD appear monthly.
CBD with different cuisine
Thai cooking works well with the CBD coconut oil combination, all one needs to do is add coriander, ginger, and lime to the mix. The same rule applies to Indian cuisine, add your favorite spices, some coconut milk, and the protein of your choice and you’ll have a delicious CBD-infused curry.
Olive oil works beautifully as well and can be used as the base for Middle Eastern foods like tabbouleh and hummus, just make sure to crank up the seasoning to mask the CBD’s pungent essence. And if you’re a dessert fan, like me, we suggest working CBD oil into stronger flavors that have earthy notes like beetroot, chocolate, and coffee.
More on CBD Nutrition
These tricks and tips come handy when looking to add CBD into your diet but it is important to note that in order to reap the most nutritional benefits from this compound it must accompany an already balanced diet. Junk food plus the occasional CBD-infused healthy meal will not cut it.
Here’s a checklist of best practices you should follow to make sure you’re getting the most out of your cannabidiol rich diet.
Start With a Well-Balanced Diet.
Make sure you’re getting your fill in fruits and vegetables. Eat lots of leafy greens and stay away from too many processed foods. Your plate should look like a rainbow! Different colors mean you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients into your system. Add healthy proteins, legumes, and grains to the mix and you’ll be unstoppable.
Introduce CBD into your body slowly and gradually.
It is important that you give yourself the time to adapt to a new supplement and practice patience. When introducing a new supplement into your diet, it is important to allow time to adjust. In other words, go in gradually. No two humans are the same and just because a certain amount of CBD is “perfect” for a friend of yours, it might not mean it’s the perfect amount for you. This unique affects those it comes into contact with differently. Therefore, we suggest you experiment with different doses in order to achieve optimal results.
Adapt to your needs and lifestyle.
Not everyone is the same and what might work for you might not work for the next person. Keep your options open and remember to remain creative. Maybe your diet plan includes a combination of supplements and food or maybe it’s mostly centered around CBD oils, desserts, and teas. It is crucial that you enjoy yourself along the way. The process of building a CBD-infused diet should be exciting and creative. Afterall, the whole purpose of this is to make your life better and healthier, don’t lose sight of that. Don’t get bogged down by the details; enjoy yourself. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect to your body and figure out what your likes and dislikes are along the way.